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  1. Hello!! I'm starting the next 4 week challenge a bit late, but I'm here! My goals for this challenge will be: -Doing yoga for at least 10 minutes every day -Walking outside 3 times per week -Doing meditation or Tai chi 2 times per week for 15 minutes I've been doing a lot of kettlebell workouts for the last few years, which I love, however, I just had my second baby and I feel like focusing more on grounding and connecting to my body/breath and slowing down/staying present are what I have been craving physically and mentally in the three months since I've given birth. I'd like to shift my perspective inwards right now while still staying healthy! Thank you for your support!
  2. Hi Nerds! I am "BOT" aka BackOnTrack, a Rebel with a cause. I am a 44, Mama of 2 nerdboys, married 23 years to the biggest Nerd I could catch. We live in a small country town in Colorado, a rural gem. I have never been more content and grateful for my bliss and looking to level up life a bit. My big why am I here at NF? To make some of my flubby blubber vanish, and vanish for good. I am taking the low carb route 'again'. I do like to work out in so many different ways. My consistent downfall; lack of consistency, and life's little distractions. I have great support from the Hubz this time and he is definitely losing quicker than me. That is ok, as long as we can talk about our achievements and focus on goals together. He does make it more fun. My personal interests, where do I start. I get bored easy, so I have my hands in everything. Hanging out with my boys and my Hubz, Driving into the mountains and backroads with no destination in mind, camping, boating, photography, photoboothing, cooking, painting, drawing, crocheting, gardening, crafting, stained glass, pottery, jewelry making, hiking, HIIT, kettlebells, music concerts, music anything, theatre, Netflix binging, odd jobs, causing chaos and karaoke nights with the gal pals. And I just bought a violin, so I'll we will see about that later haha. Nerdier stuff- sci-fi anything, sci-fi-everything, puzzles, chess, board games, clash of clans and I REFUSE to match my socks and I still watch cartoons, now without cereal. (I still have fond dreams of cocoa Krispies and cinnamon toast crunch, my two long lost loves) BIG GOAL - Long ish Term 22 lbs down by July 3rd (My anniversary) WHEN I get there, I win $996 through the HealthyWage game:) Not really a gambler, but I like this cash incentive. NEXT 4 WEEKS! 3 lil goals are to be consistent in these areas: *Start everyday with Prayer & Devotional *Diet, staying 20-30 carbs and under Daily *Workouts (30 minutes of increased heart rate) at least 4X per week. and 4 - Finish Kason's blanket by March 25 Aiming high goals for 2019: -Make college shopping a priority for teenfabulous -1 hour violin practice 4X per week -1 hour biz practice forum 3X per week & marketing -Send out more Bday Cards, make more friendly calls-less texts -More HIKING! -This year 2nd new build for the biz -Save $ Save$ - less Amazon! -Less Social Media and Netflix -Start planning your perfect garden & landscaping -Laugh a crazy laugh everyday, find something-anything. A deep real gut laugh that brings tears to your eyes. It gives youth and swirls those endorphins **TO FIX-door, sheetrock, lock, paint poles, paint patio, concrete carport, finish paint in corner & baseboard I feel inspired by reading all your posts and challenges and hope I can encourage and inspire someone else. NERD ON! - BOT ========================================================= PersonalNotes /Upcoming events: Feb.9th RockTheLock / Feb17th TubingTrip / March1st MardiGras at Duck / March 16th Matt's Wedding** / March 17 St. Patty / March 23 LoganPhotoshoot / March 29 Trish&Dana Wedding** / April 25th Nashville / find out about Pink Concert ++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  3. Okay I have to say that I have accomplished a lot of things that I did not know I a the ability to do after "all to define is to limit" I was able to start exercising more I lost 30lb/15.6kg and finally truly embrace this journey that I am on. But I still want to keep this going as I start to fully accept the person that I am. With that being said I want try to kick it up just a little more to start the new year. Diet/ Fitness Quest: I want to work at least 10-15 minutes a day Eat a serving Vegetables at every meal Minimize soda consumption by start with no more that 2 sodas per week Life Quest: Not use the use the snooze but at all. I just to remember every try counts and most of all I have to just start. Good Luck to everyone
  4. Greetings humans. I am Optimus Prime. I have witnessed many humans accomplish great things and show exception strength. So it is now time for I, the leader of the Autobots, to undertake a similar journey. I've been working out for a while now but I'm tired of all the bros and meatheads. I wanted to find more nerdy/geeky fitness people so that's how I found NF! My main quest for this 4 week period is the Russian Fighter Pull Up Program for 30 days. https://www.strongfirst.com/the-fighter-pullup-program-revisited/ The way it works is that you first test yourself to see how many pull-ups you can do in one set. I got 11. Each day (minus rest days) you'll do 5 sets of pull-ups. You start with an all-out set and then subtract a rep each set after. Long rests in between. Ideally, 10+ minutes so it can be done throughout the day. I will be starting at 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 The next day, you add a rep to the last set 11, 10, 9, 8, 8 The day after that, add another rep to the second last set 11, 10, 9, 9, 8 And so on. This is what my program will look like: Day 1 11, 10, 9, 8, 7Day 2 11, 10, 9, 8, 8Day 3 11, 10, 9, 9, 8Day 4 11, 10, 10, 9, 8Day 5 11, 11, 10, 9, 8Day 6 Off Day 7 12, 11, 10, 9, 8Day 8 12, 11, 10, 9, 9Day 9 12, 11, 10, 10, 9Day 10 12, 11, 11, 10, 9Day 11 12, 12, 11, 10, 9Day 12 OffDay 13 13, 12, 11, 10, 9Day 14 13, 12, 11, 10, 10Day 15 13, 12, 11, 11, 10Day 16 13, 12, 12, 11, 10Day 17 13, 13, 12, 11, 10Day 18 OffDay 19 14, 13, 12, 11, 10Day 20 14, 13, 12, 11, 11Day 21 14, 13, 12, 12, 11Day 22 14, 13, 13, 12, 11Day 23 14, 14, 13, 12, 11Day 24 OffDay 25 15, 14, 13, 12, 11Day 26 15, 14, 13, 12, 12Day 27 15, 14, 13, 13, 12Day 28 15, 14, 14, 13, 12Day 29 15, 15, 14, 13, 12Day 30 Off Then, take 2 days off and test another rep max. My goal is to do 16 reps in one set by the end of the program. But my reach goal is 20 reps. My starting stats are 6'0 and 170lbs Side Quests: 1) Sleep 8 Hours a day. I know it should be easy, but sometimes its easy to stay up late! 2) Take a green food supplement every day. Again, it's easy to think I get enough veggies. But it doesn't always happen. This is more of a guarantee that I do get enough greens each day. Let's see what happens!
  5. Hey, to everyone here. As the progress one I am trying to maintain the focus on things that I tried to do in the past but failed a see through to the end. One of those things is my health and focus on journey to become a better version of myself. With that being said I am ready to be more focused on this challenge than before. So here are my Quest to complete during the next 4 weeks: Fitness/Health Quest Only have dessert one per week. I have realized that over the past few years I have indulged to much at work and with friend. Which has lead me to not work out as much as I would like. Get back to working out. I started doing this before but life got in the way. But I would like to say no more. Limit the amount of fast food to traveling only/ limit myself on the menu This one will be one of the harder ones because: we have clients come in and provided us with lunch I work near a lot of these types of restaurants I also work long odd hours as the weather warms up Finally the level up life quest: To stop hitting the snooze button on the alarm when it is time to wake up. This one is specifically hard because it forces me not be a slow moving turtle in the morning and possibly make not in a hurry as much through life. If you have any advice on how tackle these I am always open to it.
  6. Greetings fellow Rangers! This will be my first challenge in the Rangers guild, and I am so super stoked to get started and crush my goals. My previous challenge was in the Warriors guild where I concentrated mainly on strength, but I would like to broaden myself during this challenge and really push myself to the next level. I feel like I am ready to take on this strenuous quest where I will be faced with a daily challenge to reach my ultimate goals and defeat the demons that lurk within my body. I will fight and burn the caloric lunatics who re-spawns themselves before each sunrise only to be defeated by me once again! I will travel the distances to reach my nemesis, the raged fat demon, and destroy the hateful creature one centimeter at a time! My most trusty weapons of destruction? - Dumbbells of Fire - Wizard's 2 Handed Barbell - Stamina Running Boots QUEST: DEFEAT THE FAT DEMON OBJECTIVE: Weight training 4 times a week. OBJECTIVE: Walk 10 000 steps every week day, and at least 8 000 steps on Saturdays and Sundays. QUEST: DEFEAT THE CALORIC LUNATICS OBJECTIVE: Burn 2200 calories a day during the week, and at least 1800 calories over the weekends. OBJECTIVE: Exercise for at least 60 mins all together (weight training and/or walking/jogging) each day during the week. I will journey far and fight hard, but I will defeat these demons and succeed in completing these quests!
  7. Greetings from Arcelas the n00b! If you are reading this right now, it means I have successfully posted it. 2018 (The year we all become murlocs) Quests 4 Week Challenge Quests: Quest Line: Lose 59 lbs. Hit my daily step goal of 10000 steps. 5000 the first week, then add 1666.66 (repeating of course) steps each week until 10000 is reached Quest Line: Get Out of Debt Cook as many meals on Saturday and Sunday as possible to reduce dining out spending by 50% (dropping from $220/mo to $110/mo) Quest Line: Become Much Better At Magic Read Royal Road to Card Magic: Chapter One and watch the accompanying videos Quest Line: Become A Much Better Vocalist Complete KTVA Streaming Lessons Vol 1 and practice 30 minutes a day 3 days a week OK Rebels. Let's do this!
  8. I am Arcelas! I used to spam /yell this in WoW after every kill or successful herb gather. Now I plan to yell it while cars and guys in wheelchairs go whizzing by as I go for my daily walks. When the Taco Bell beckons like a dude outside a nudie bar in Vegas, I will resist the temptation. So welcome to the Starting Zone of my journey to get to level 60. (There is no level 110 lol) Main Quest: Lose 50lbs! 12/10/17 Starting weight 293 lbs Go from drinking a 2 liter every other day to only drinking one 12oz soda on Thursday with my Dad for Movie Night (currently, have been soda free for 10 days) Add vegetables to 4 breakfast meals a week (starting at 1 per week then working my way up to 4 by the end of the challenge) Walk at least 4 days a week for at least 10 minutes Break down the beginner bodyweight workout into manageable amounts reduce sets on first several workouts, with the goal being to complete a full workout by the end of the challenge. 1 set of each the 1st week (alternating workouts) increase that number as I grow stronger, culminating in complete workouts performed during week 4 (week 3 if I'm feeling up to it) This should prepare me for the new year. Yay 2018, the year we all turn into murlocs!
  9. So I think that the next big step to leveling up every aspect of my life right now, is developing consistency. I am not proud of it but I am a total flake. I cancle on people ALL THE TIME! I want to be where I say I'll be, when I say I'll be there, having done what I said I'd do. that sounds like a quote I picked up somewhere but I cannot recall where I heard/saw it. I almost think it may have been last challenge round on someone elses thread. Sorry for not crediting you whoever you were. Be where I say I'll be,: I tend to have great intentions and make plans, but then when it comes down to it the me then does not agree with the me that made the plans. I almost always enjoy the things if I actually go to them, but I tend to let the last remnants of my past social anxiety/agoraphobia get the better of me and not go often. I'm gonna try to take a lesson out of that Jim Carrey movie Yes Man and try to be a little better about being positive about plans all the way through from inception to completion. Say yes to the plans I made for myself. Maybe even hopefully boost my adventurer cred a little. When I say I'll be there,: I procrastinate and tend to run late to things. Not super late (if in that situation, I usually just don't go), but it happens enough that I think that I might be getting a reputation for being a little tardy. Not gonna focus super hard on this, as I feel that by improving the other areas of this challenge will also help with my punctuality. Having done what I said I'd do. Now that I work from home, I have been kinda blowing off some small work tasks. Never huge things, just little busy-work jobs that won't be missed, but I hate having them hang over me, especially when they start to pile up as they have been lately. I need to work out new habits/routines to stay on task at work and improve my productivity. Even when I am on task, I am less productive than I was at the office. I recently started a bullet journal and I really like having the tactile method of tracking tasks. Being able to hold it in my hands and having the write the things with a pen helps me remember much better than digital tracking. I think I'll continue this through the challenge and just observe its effects and determine if it is something that I will carry through or iterate upon. End goal is to be able to close my computer at the end of the day with no guilt, and no past-due tasks hanging over me. I don't have a great way to measure this but I'll think about some way to track change here. I also tend to procrastinate things outside of work, and will endeavor to more consistently get those done in a timely fashion too. As far as other challenge aspects. I am working on consistency. Not just in sticking to plans I make, but also sticking with my new habits. I felt I did pretty well laying the groundwork for my them last challenge, but I think that if I had been more consistent about the routine around them (i.e. alarm, walk, shower, brush teeth, start work instead of "oh well I guess I haven't walked yet today, might as well go now", or "I can still work out tomorrow and get enough in for the week") they would be habit already. I want to be much more strict about not missing workouts etc. this challenge. I am shooting for 75% compliance with the pre-established plan, so I can miss/reschedule 3 workouts during this 4 week challenge. I am going to do my workouts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and walk a mile+ at least 4x a week. I'm also going to shoot for 75% completion of my other daily chores/habits. This includes things like making my bed, logging food, dental hygiene, drinking enough water, journaling, and meditating among others. One thing I think I can do to be better about these other parts of my life is to cut out some of the dead time I waste digitally. I have a bad habit of just becoming couch-locked after work sitting around watching tv, or bumming round on the internet all evening after work. I am finally free to use the computer how i want and I choose to waste that time? I still want to have access to my TV/computer as it is the primary way that I socialize (either with family sitting around and watching shows or keeping in contact with far-away friends) but I want to limit how much of it I consume. Hopefully doing so might actually help me make more local friends so I don't rely on the distant ones (which is good because things are a little rocky there right now anyway). The last thing is just a continuation of the diet. I have definitely felt tempted to just pig out on junkfood and I just want to make it an official part of my challenge for that last little bit of accountability to keep me on track. TLDR: Cultivate integrity and productivity. Be where I said I'd be, when I said I'll be there, having done what I said I'd do. Make and follow through on 1 new adventure (really any sort of activity outside of the house will probably count) each week in addition to sticking with other pre-established plans. 75% of workouts completed on schedule. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 75% completion of other daily habits as tracked in Journal. (Will provide pics at the end) Meditate daily Make bed daily Dental Hygiene 2x daily Drink min of 3 liters of water daily 7+ hours of sleep nightly Limit non-work screen time to less than 2 hours a day. Stick to paleo(ish) diet. No fast-food or soda! I'll update when able, but I think a large portion of this challenge is going to happen on paper for me. Recaps and pics of the written challenge will be included with future updates (on that topic what's the best way to add pics without devouring all of the attachment space allotted by the forums?)
  10. Hello Rangers! I ran with this group for a while when I first started writing on this site, and I have come back since I am working on some more agility based training starting this week So this decision started with a random conversation with the SO, and a groupon for a ninja warrior gym close by to my house. I have lifted heavy for at least 2 full years, and competed (placed 2nd overall) in a strongman comp late last year. Since then I have kind of been floating a bit, with not much direction and waning motivation. My body really likes to gain muscle, and really likes to keep a hold of every fat cell that exists at the same time, so I need to add some more movement and high intensity stuff to get moving in the right direction. Goal 1 - Go to ninja school! I have 6 classes at the ninja gym, use at least 1 per week for this challenge to see if it's something worth paying for monthly. Goal 2 - Continue Strength Regime I still need to be strong, and I have a routine I want to keep up while trying out the new gym Goal 3 - Consistent Macro Counting While I may be going back to keto at some point I need to stick with my current diet plan for this challenge. Counting macros, especially on the weekends is something I really need to get consistent in. Goal 4 - Track Metrics Take my picture and measurements every damn Saturday morning, and weight daily...... I missed out on zero week, so I am hitting the ground running with ninja warrior gym tonight!
  11. Okay so my name is Hannah and I'm an assassin in training. My goals for this upcoming 4 week challenge is as follows: 1.) Complete the Advanced Bodyweight workout 3 times a week and on the same day complete the Begginer's Parkour workout and finish the day off with sprints with corners and straight aways at my old high school track. When I'm not working out I rest and I mean I rest a lot cause I'm going to be tired! 2.) Go to a Yoga class 3 times a week on my off days or at least try some at home yoga that isn't too crazy and will help the soreness and increase my flexibility. 3.) Go Vegan/ as close as I can be while meeting my 3,000 calories a day goal. That being said...why Vegan? Why not Paleo? This is nerd fitness! Well ya see my sister's Vegan and she has a lot on her plate with her job and going out with friends and I wanna make sure she, and the rest of my family are eating well. So I'm going vegan. Every meal I've planned out will include 30g of Protien and a vegetable or two and complex carbohydrates. (I'll post these recipes/ eating times (I guess if you could call it that) later if I want I probably will!) (hint: the post protien shake isn't vegan but I love it (ps: it's Steve's Post workout calorie bomb of a protein shake) (also I'll be intermediate fasting) (because I don't like breakfast) (and cause nobody has time for that when you have two jobs and your first year in college is way down the line, all ready for you to run straight into it and fall well not today Zurg! I'm gonna cat hang up it and pull myself up!) 4.) Meditate for a minute each day and increase the time by one minute each week. So week one it's for 1 minutes, next week 2 min, ect. Now I know this last one won't get reached in 4 weeks but I'm currently 95lbs, my doctor wants me to be at 115-120lbs and I want to be personally 175lbs with most of that being muscule! My Body fat percentage is at 17% right now and I'd like to keep it that way or even raise it a bit but I don't want to to go down past 15% because of the heath risks. -Hannah
  12. So... This being my first challenge at 32 years old, I have decided to use this as a reset. This is my personal new year, and while I was away in Italy I did some soul searching (and eating) and I have found that I don't really focus on important things as often as I should. Because of this my time isn't used as wisely as it should be and I don't get as much productive stuff done. Time for Tina Fey to help me get my shit together I will make to-do lists every morning, and I can't play video games until the list is complete. A=28 days B=27-25 days C=25-20 D= 20 or less I will have an actual training program outlined - I bought a program online for my own reference, and will be telling my trainer what I want to work each day. For now he can pick what those exercises will be on our days working together, but it will be based on what body part/parts I plan on working that day. I will also do a minimum of 20 min of cardio a day (will be on to-do list). A=28 days B=27-25 days C=25-20 D= 20 or less I will be back on my nutrition program, no if/ands/buts about it. I have an extra food scale at home so I will be bringing it to work so I have no excuses on following the servings I should be eating. Meal prep will be on my lists when required. A=28 days B=27-25 days C=25-20 D= 20 or less (cheat meal is allowed once a week after the first 2 weeks). *Also a note, if anyone is willing to let me send pictures of my meals to them please let me know, I need some extra accountability on this one, especially on the weekends. Side Quest: Get on here daily and contribute to the community more... ADD IT TO THE LIST! A=28 days B=27-25 days C=25-20 D= 20 or less Now to get to work!
  13. Well I completely forgot family was coming into town over the weekend so I did not post this on time on Saturday. However I did keep my goals in mind for my first challenge! I even had my most active day yet (according to Samsung fit) on Saturday! Nutrition: Replace a processed snack with a healthy one (fruit, protein, vegetable) - I have gotten rid of a lot of the processed foods in my house so hopefully this will be easier then. Eat one vegetable a day - I hate vegetables but my fiance is a great cook so he makes them okay to eat. Fitness: Walk 15 minutes a day - I love walking, however it's the getting out of the house to just go on a walk that is the hard part. Level Up My Life: Keeping my kitchen sink clean - I have no idea why, but when it gets dirty I get anxiety. So spending a few minutes each day to keep it clean is a good start So here goes my first challenge. Not quiet sure on how I want to grade myself yet so that will be to come.
  14. So! I'm gonna give this a try. I'm buffing myself all over, I really hope I can make it through. My goals may not look like much, but since I've already tried (and failed) to make them habits before, they're kind of a big deal to me. There's a lot of good and healthy habits I'd like to accquire and I know if I can commit to these, It'll be the conception of the plausible counterexample (is that a word in english?) that settles the bases of the argument capable of proofing the refutability of the theory that states that I can't commit to anything; which will eventually lead to the proven thesis that I can commit to (almost (I'm not fan of absolute affirmations)) anything. So, hoping that my reasoning is not falsible, without further ado I present... *dramatic pause* my goals: 1. Category: Fitness. Difficulty: Medium. Workout 3 times a week during 4 weeks. I'm leaning towards a bodyweight workout. I kinda like running the best (I know, weird) but right now availability for running places and schedule is scarce, and I'm aware a full, muscle group diverse bodyweight workout actually gives more health benefits than plain jogging. The requirement of fullfillment for the goal is pretty straightforward: 3 workouts a week, during 4 weeks, that's 12 workout sessions. I'm not limiting the amount of time the workouts should last, but I'll be honest with myself about what counts for a session and what doesn't. 2. Category: Diet. Difficulty: High. Substitute all (but one) daily "unhealthy" snacks with fruits and vegetables. Mostly fruit. I'll still probably go for sweet fruits (mangoes, bananas, tangerines, etc.), but one or two of those is better than two or three chocolate cookies. I'm aiming at it progressively, I'll reduce my daily "unhealthy" snacks to three a day for 3 days (I currently go for 5 or more! since when I'm anxious I crave snacks and lately life circumstances are making me anxious very frequently), then two a day for 9 days anf finally only one a day. I'm not giving this one up yet, since its a daily treat I enjoy with my family, maybe I'll try to veer it towards "healthy" in the future, maybe not. 3. Category: Diet. Difficulty: High. Follow the 5:2 diet during 4 weeks. Regarding this one, I'm mostly curious. It sounds simple: eat "normal" for 5 days a week, and reduce your calorie intake to around 500~600 kcal for the other 2, non-conecutive days. I'll admit that at the beggining I thought it was a hoax: "Eat normal one day and a very reduced calorie the next? Is that even healthy?" But I was introduced in the concept of "fasting" and the benefits the dieters claimed they were getting from the regime were multiple. I'm still a little skeptical, but it got my curiosity and once that happens the only way to get it off my head is actually experimenting. Therefore, I'm trying this for 4 weeks (or as long as I feel good about it). 4. Category: Mental Health. Difficulty: Low. Meditate for 5 minutes a day during 4 weeks. As I said earlier, my anxiety levels have rocketed in the past few months. Hence, I've decided to start meditating so my mind can be a little bit more at peace each day. I've tried short mindful meditation before and for me it's not really that complicated to commit to it as a habit, but my ADHD makes it hard to keep myself from thinking "how long is left...?" past the first 3 minutes. It's an actual physical borderline painful reaction. So, I'll try to stick to 5 min each day to see how it goes and scale up if possible or needed in the future. So.... those are it. Any comments or suggestions will be apreciated. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this enjoy a happy day.
  15. This challenge is half about continuing the better habits I developed during the last challenge, and half about being realistic about what my life is going to be like for the next 4 weeks. Challenge starts on my birthday, and includes a long weekend trip away from home. Both mean being away from my normal eating habits, and the trip to Oregon means I'll be away from my normal gymming habits too. There's also some "stuff" waiting in the wings of my life that could mean some very significant changes. The hard part has been how to translate all of this into meaningful and attainable goals... Here's what I've settled on for now, but welcome any feedback any of you might have on how to make them better: Quest 1: Preparation is key Summary: Some of those things waiting in the wings of life are about going back to school. I've been putting it off for more than few years now, but the desire to get back into an education setting always seems daunting. "What if I make the wrong choice?" "What if it gets too hard?" "What if I sound stupid or I've forgotten everything I've already learned?" These are just some of the lovely doubts that routinely creep in and ultimately keep me from doing anything with it. Goal: Complete preparatory tasks to find out if I want to go back to school. Pass: Complete the following tasks: Sign up for my GRE Complete the GRE Research local graduate programs Document details on local graduate programs Price Credits Full Time/Part Time Potential Class hours Entry requirements Cross reference Graduate Programs with those approved for employer reimbursements Note that passing does not include arriving at a decision, but rather arming myself with the information that I will need to make the decision. Quest 2: A body in motion stays in motion...until acted upon by another force Summary: I did well up to this point maintaining some form of a routine. For the most part, I should be able to maintain that for the next challenge. The plan is to add in Volleyball in June, potentially adding in a 4th day of workout/activity that I haven't had so far, but before that there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to keep at my minimum of 3 days a week. Workouts can be anything - walk through the neighborhood, hikes, runs, weightlifting, or sports-ing. No negative effects for not being able to work out on my birthday or during the trip to Oregon, but inside I will give myself a cheer if I do actually accomplish it. Goal: Complete 3 workouts a week of 30 minutes each Quest 3: What goes in, must come out Summary: Ewwww, gross - or so you think... The idea being taking in healthy foods should lead to a healthier me. Taking in less, means there's less of me to go around... or so the theory says. I did well at actually keeping under my calorie goal for the last challenge. I want to stretch that a bit more this time around, and add in a caveat. I'm bad about keeping up with my Freggies. The unintended side quest (see side quest below) that popped up during the last challenge reminded me how much I miss out on these deliciously good foods. I'm still sporadic about it though, and I need to be more consistent about consuming them. Goal: Stay under my calorie budget (as defined by LoseIt!) at least 4 days a week for the duration of the challenge. I must also eat a freggie with dinner every day for the duration of the challenge. I'm changing the format of how I want to track this challenge. It turned out to be a bit time consuming to enter everything into the thread manually (even with copying and pasting). To help make it a bit easier to do on the go, I've moved over to a Numbers document which can be accessed here.
  16. Okay the last challenge went some where but not as well a I have hoped. But a least I started somewhere. So this time I am going to try to step it up in some areas but take it back a notch in others. My fitness /Diet Quest: Walk to achieve 8,000 steps in a day Eat at least one vegetable per meal Reduce drinking of soda to a maximum of 3 times per week ( usually drink about four) My Level up goal: Set aside 5 dollars a day in an account where I cannot touch (you got to have a rainy day fund) Like last time I will try to keep you posted as through out the challenge.
  17. Hey everyone, I'm new here and this is the perfect time for me to start the challenge. i have already started my journey around a month ago, and have met most of the goals I set myself: yoga once a week reduce carbs/ sugar 20 minutes of cardio twice a week Track my sleep/ improve it- a little bit better still needs work I will continue to do these as well as the new goals I have set: - do the beginners bodyweight programme twice a week- I will start with 2 rounds and hopefully build to 3 - only look in the mirror once a day (sounds strange but I have a skin picking compulsion) - take a protein snack to work with me every day and eat it - improve sleep routine- drink herbal tea 2 hours before bed, read my book. Get up at a consistent time of day on workdays I have PCOS and it's one of my main motivations for change- I'm not overweight but I do have bad skin, hair growth, mood swings. I'm hoping this will help. I used to to do a lot of weights, weigh my food and track everything- I did so well for around 2 years, and then life took a different turn and the routine stopped. I would eventually love to do some weights again, but I injured my back at work around a year ago, and I still feel it even in yoga, so it may be a long journey for me. Im going through a tough time, and I know that looking after myself will help me start to break through this. I work as a CBT therapist- so this kind of goal setting is something I am very familiar with, but need to work on myself. I'm really hoping to meet some new people on this journey and to offer support to others as well as be supported.
  18. My first challenge went way better than I expected, but I came in late and fell a little short, so I'm excited to move on to my second challenge EVAR! You might notice a little bit of a theme... Book - find my book, and go through another edit. Pursue cover edits and get approved cover. Write a synopsis. – Okay, this sounds like a LOT of tasks, but bear in mind that I have 4-5 weeks to do all this. And I just found it. So hurrah. Step is already started. BHAG - Do 5 miles in one go. – Yes, I did not complete the 3 miles last go. But I need to progress, not get stuck on 3 miles forever. Building Up - Do 3 reps of mileage a week each week. – The 5-mile goal is a good one, but I also need to just be on my feet more. Even if this is 1 km after I do weights, I need to be walking or jogging. Bag It - Instead of buying lunches (as I have been doing), start making lunch and taking it with me to work. Do at least 4 out of 5 days a week. – I’m getting a little head start on this one, because I have already started bringing my lunch as of this week (3/14). This will help me avoid eating junk at lunch – which is pretty much the only time of day when I have much access to it, anyway. That’s the plan. I have to say, I did use the Challenge Planning Worksheet a few weeks ago, and it made this SO easy! I have five big quests in my life, having to do with writing, health, and my marriage, and choosing the “next step” from a couple of those made goal setting really easy. I have a plan! I know why I’m doing what I’m doing, and how to get to those goals. Also worth noting: after I wrote up the CPW, I felt motivated to start a couple of those little things. I already have begun working on them, and accomplished at least one. And that’s pretty cool. All that to say, if you haven’t done your own CPW yet – I know it looks long and daunting – it’s a really, REALLY good way to create a road map for the next couple years of your life, or even longer. And if you’re struggling to know what it is you want to do with your life, reading Start is a good…well…start. Also – totally unrelated, but I’m going to pitch it here: I co-host a podcast wherein we review movies that are out of copyright. The show is called Orphaned Entertainment, and you can find it on iTunes or Podbean – or directly at the website. If you’re into movies that most other people haven’t seen, it’s a fun way to find them. Stay tuned to this channel for further developments.
  19. Sorry for being MIA, work took away our wifi because planning a switch over before actually doing it totally makes sense. I finally got it back yesterday. Also, went to the chiro, had 3 adjustments, started icing my back/hips/shoulder every night, and I started a strict (as in I actually do it) warm-up routine. Those three things have made a good improvement, but I am still babying the arm as much as possible. Last challenge kind of became a mess because as much as I hate to admit it, if I don't see crazy awesome results (which normally isn't a great sign in the long run) I get antsy and change things up too fast. Part 2 is going to change that, or at least curb it a bit. FEB MEASUREMENTS GO HERE AT SOME POINT: Current weight: 187.8 Goals will basically be the same with a bit more detail... Goal 1: I Will Embrace My New Hellish Workouts While I do eventually need to focus on LISS at some point I had started going to the gym more often last month. I now do M/W/F with the trainer, and at least 1 other day Thur or Sat with a friend. So Sunday I will be adding a walk with the hyper pup or yoga, and Tue I am leaving free so I have a day that I know I can be a lazy ass if I really want to. -Go through the 10 min pre workout warmup every damn day and ice after workouts to continue to heal. Goal 2: Meal Prep That Shit I had breakfast prep down almost the entire challenge last go around, I am going to keep up with that and add a minimum of 4 prepped lunches for the week. Also, I will follow my nutritionist plan for ALL FOUR DAMN WEEKS... instead of becoming impatient and going keto for a week and a half until my digestion said NOPE. Goal 3: Drink the Damn Water I did really well with this at first but it kind of fell by the wayside as the challenge went on. I will be using my notebook to keep everything tracked so that doesn't happen again. Goal 4: Make Myself Feel Pretty Damnit! I bought 4 blow dry bar sessions when I went yesterday before my date night, I will use those up randomly this month and try to at least put some damn eyeliner on. I will also continue to show off my awesome matching legging/converse collection on IG as well as take at least one video of a lift. Life Goal 1: Attack some spring cleaning early. - Dresser cleaned out and things tossed or donated - Start Craigslisting things that we can sell - Finally put up the curtains in the guest room - Clean out closets - Properly put away the christmas tree that my boyfriend just threw in the guest room... - Get rid of the extra crap in the gaming/dog room and make it more homey feeling (put up those damn curtains too...) Life Goal 2: Take the leap and order the damn shirts for my and my friends business, also get quotes on printing once they are ordered.
  20. (Posted on other forum, but this contains updates and hyperlinks) For my next challenge, I have decided to break it up into four parts: Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit. These will probably extend past four weeks and hopefully form habits. Heart: Be the first to greet people when I encounter them (inspired by Gabby Reece: "I always say 'go first'....That means if I'm checking out at the store, I say hello first. If I'm coming across somebody and make eye contact, I'll smile first. I wish people would experiment with that in their lives a little bit: Be first because - not all times, but most times- it comes in your favor. The response is pretty amazing.") Start a Gratitude Journal (at least three things every day). Less talking, more curious listening (and eye contact). Write a "Thank You" letter or send a "Thank You" message once/week to someone who deserves it. Call mother every day. Visit grandfather at least once/week. Body: Do at least 50 pushups/day. Do at least 50 dips/day. HIIT at least 3 days/week. Intermittent fasting to help with weight loss/muscle building Spend at least 30 minutes/day outside. Get to bed before 10:30 pm. Mind: Download Insight Timer (done). Find guided meditations that interest me. Use at least one guided meditation daily. Sit in still silence every day for at least five minutes. Start a daily reflection journal (for the end of the day). Read at least 5 pages of any book/day (I love to read, but my attention span is so short, this is seriously challenging for me). Schedule social media time (rather than randomly/obsessively checking it every few minutes): No more than 30 minutes in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. Spirit: Place a Bible Reading Plan in my Bible and/or download a Reading Plan via the YouVersion app. Read assigned chapters/verses in the morning before my day begins (or listen to audio version during commute to work). Integrate prayer throughout my day. Find and read a short daily devotional/meditations. Most of these are habits I have wanted to build for a while. It seems daunting, but some of these can be integrated, and I know strengthening these four pillars will help me become more balanced over time.
  21. This will be my first challenge, so I want to be careful with overwhelming myself... but I find that I work better under pressure and if I find that I have to hold myself accountable to other people. So here's to kicking ass in the next 4 weeks! FOUR WEEK CHALLENGE: FEB 12 – MARCH 11 Diet Drink one glass of water a day NO SODA Reduce sweets/carbs consumption by 50% Fitness 2 hour hike once a week Strength training once a week 30 minute gym exercise 3 times a week Life Wake up early. Must be out of bed by 7:00 AM Whiten teeth with extra flossing and whitening toothpaste. (No more whitening strips!) Study Spanish (via Duolingo) for 20 minutes a day whenever in the office. Have a family meal once a week Put away $15 every paycheck into London savings Cosplay Finish Kate Bishop Finish Codex Attend one DCM League Event Update instagram once a day! So far I've been working up to this game plan, and have kept up with 2 gym workouts a week and one soda a week. I've already drastically reduced carbs/sugar from my normal diet and intend to continue that pattern. I'm horrible at waking up early, which will prove to be a challenge of its own but will be necessary to start the day on a better foot and accomplish everything I want. My biggest concerns at completing the goals I set for myself will be the London Savings and finishing Codex, because of my limited finances. This is why it's called a challenge... and I will do my best!
  22. Hello gang! I hope everyone had a great holiday Mine was not as pleasant as I had hoped, my house guest was very difficult but after she was gone I was able to just be for almost a week and it was lovely. This is the first new year I have actually taken measurements, and due to my holiday "eat all the things" I got to find out that I am larger than I have ever been So this year I am changing that! I will lose 24 inches off my measurements over this year. Current Measurements : Calves, Thighs, ect are per side. Calves - 17.5" Thighs - 27.75" Hips - 45.5" Waist - 38.5" Underbust - 37" Biceps - 13.5" (need to add my measurement at belly button) Weight (As of Jan 1) - 190lbs This Years Health Quest Overview: I will embrace my new hellish workouts - I will get in LISS on my off days with a goal of 10k steps or 30 min of yoga. I will meal prep twice weekly, and I will only have ONE F'it meal a week (minus my 2 weeks in Italy in may, that eating will be epic, lol). I will drink my damn water... seriously - minimum of 64oz a day And I will make myself feel pretty damnit!
  23. For my next challenge, I have decided to break it up into four parts: Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit. These will probably extend past four weeks and hopefully form habits. Heart: Be the first to greet people when I encounter them (inspired by Gabby Reece: "I always say 'go first'....That means if I'm checking out at the store, I say hello first. If I'm coming across somebody and make eye contact, I'll smile first. I wish people would experiment with that in their lives a little bit: Be first because - not all times, but most times- it comes in your favor. The response is pretty amazing.") Start a Gratitude Journal (at least three things every day). Write a "Thank You" letter or send a "Thank You" message once/week to someone who deserves it. Call mother every day. Visit grandfather at least once/week. Body: Do at least 50 pushups/day. Do at least 50 dips/day. HIIT at least 3 days/week. Intermittent fasting to help with weight loss/muscle building Spend at least 30 minutes/day outside. Get to bed before 10:30 pm. Mind: Download Insight Timer (done). Find guided meditations that interest me. Use at least one guided meditation daily. Sit in still silence every day for at least five minutes. Start a daily reflection journal (for the end of the day). Read at least 5 pages of any book/day (I love to read, but my attention span is so short, this is seriously challenging for me). Schedule social media time (rather than randomly/obsessively checking it every few minutes): No more than 30 minutes in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. Spirit: Place a Bible Reading Plan in my Bible and/or download a Reading Plan via the YouVersion app. Read assigned chapters/verses in the morning before my day begins (or listen to audio version during commute to work). Integrate prayer throughout my day. Find and read a short daily devotional/meditations. Most of these are habits I have wanted to build for a while. It seems daunting, but some of these can be integrated, and I know strengthening these four pillars will help me become more balanced over time.
  24. Hey everyone! I've returned after a much needed break. This challenge has been over eight months in the making! By the end of the month I graduate from my EMT class and will be put on schedule for the NREMT test. Therefore the theme of this challenge will be based mainly around this as I prepare for the registry test. 1. Review EMT skills everyday 2. Review at least 1 EMT chapter everyday with a bonus towards more chapters done 3. Review at least 1 area i'm weaker in per week 4. Meditate daily
  25. Hi everyone This is my first proper challenge, and one of my first posts. I tried to join the last challenge a week late but the combined late start and Christmas period meant it ended in failure. I wanna start the new year the best I can, and this is how i'm gonna do it. Diet - Drink at least 2 litres of water a day I don't drink nearly enough water to be healthy, let alone stay hydrated. The plan is to fill up a 2 Litre bottle every morning and aim to have finished it by the end of the day. I'll still drink coffee, but absolutely no carbonated drinks. Fitness - Go for a 15 minute walk everyday As a student with a lot of essays to do, I'm stuck inside most of the day. It can get quite dull, making work a whole lot harder to look at. Hopefully a walk around my local park around midday will give me some fresh air and cheer me up a bit, making the rest of my work a little bit easier. Fitness - Do a basic workout 3 days a week/go to the gym I do no regular exercise, so this is my first attempt to get into a healthy pattern that will hopefully build into regular, longer workout sessions. I have signed up to a gym just down the road to my house, but I may not have time first week due to work. So I've altered my challenge to be any 3 workouts a week. If its from home, the workout is just 2-3 sets of a slightly altered version of the beginners body-weight workout. Level Up - Stick to a regular morning and work routine As a final year college student, I really need more structure to help me work more efficiently, and get me moving during the day. For this I've come up with a simple morning routine with the hope to make my life more organised. Wake up at a set time everyday, shower, brush, simple as that, with no procrastinating in the middle. I'm not sure if this is to easy/difficult for a first challenge. I don't want to over-complicate it but I also don't want it to be too easy. Advice would be greatly appreciated! Good luck to everyone on their first challenge of the year!!
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